Fire Ravages Apartment 8-plex ā May 13, 2011
Arcata Fire Press Release
SAMOA & K ā Arcata Firefighters responded to a fireĀ in an apartment complex at Thursday, May 12 at 7:41 p.m. Ā They arrived to find one unit inĀ the eight-plex fully involved with fire spreading to adjoining units. ArcataĀ Police officers had evacuated the residents, including one hearing impairedĀ resident who was unaware of the fire.
A quick attack was made on the fireĀ with 2 Ā½ā hand-lines and firefighters controlled the fire in about 20Ā minutes. The fast-developing fire gutted one apartment unit and spread toĀ the next door unit before it was stopped. Other units suffered smoke, heatĀ and water damage. The value of the property saved is estimated at $220,000Ā with an estimated loss of $140,000.
According to Asst. Chief Desmond Cowan, āWeāre happy that no one was injured
in this fire. The Arcata Police did an excellent job of evacuating theĀ building and providing scene security so that our personnel could focus onĀ controlling the fire.ā Twenty-five firefighters responded to the call withĀ four engines, one ladder truck, and one rescue truck. Red Cross personnelĀ were contacted and provided assistance to the residents displaced by theĀ fire.
Investigators interviewed the resident of the unit and removed debris fromĀ the apartment. A space heater in the bedroom appears to have been the causeĀ of the fire. Space heaters are a common cause of house fires, according toĀ the National Fire Protection Administration. Almost one third of all houseĀ fires that are caused by home heating equipment are caused by space heaters,Ā and the lack of adequate clearance from combustible materials is one of the
most common factors in those fires.